Pearson Test of English is the newest and the largest computer-based examination which aims to test your proficiency in the English language. This exam consists of various modules involving speaking and writing tested simultaneously, reading and listening.
This article as mentioned above will deal precisely with the writing section and list down tips to improve it. Therefore, constituents of the writing section are- Summarize Written Text and Essay.
In this article, we will precisely focus on the writing section of PTE Test and will list down various tips to win over this module.
PTE Writing Tips to Score 90
These are the PTE writing tips to score 90:
Summarize Written Text
Make notes of Key Points First in Essay Writing
Skimming and Scanning
Go through The Passage/Prompt Twice
Plan It Out In A Creative Way
Use A Structured Format
Experiment With Vocabulary
Effective Time Management
Proofreading Is Mandatory
Work On Your Weaknesses
Summarize Written Text
This part is the most tricky yet one of the scoring sections. All you are required to do is write a summary of a paragraph in one sentence consisting of not more than 75 words. For this, a candidate gets a time of 10 mins. Also, the word count is given at the bottom of the screen. There are also cut, copy and paste buttons which you may use while constructing your summary. The screen might look something like this-
To get a perfect score, make sure to follow all the instructions given. The sentence should be structured and should be a single sentence. Also, make sure that the word count is not less than 5 and more than 75. Any candidate violating these rules will not be scored. Also, use ‘Total Word Count’ counter below the response box to check your word count.
For this section, you should have had ample practice from before on how to use complex sentences. Since you will have to construct the idea of a whole paragraph into one sentence you will be required to use complex sentences which sometimes become confusing. Therefore make sure to do a lot of practice on using complex sentences.
Essay writing Tips
It aims to assess your writing skills and the amount of idea you can generate with proficiency in a mere time span of 20 minutes. Essay writing demands a word limit of 200-300 words and it is advisable to stick to this given limit. Just like the writing section try to make it structured and impactful.
To have a strong presentation, you are required to have a strong interpretation first. Before you jump into writing try to analyze the topic first, understand it and make note of key points. An investment of time initially can help you later while writing. Therefore, understand the topic before you write.
Also, make sure to write an unbiased answer. It so happens that many times you are required to describe. It is easier as compared to the argumentative essays where you will have to show the views without opposing any. Therefore, all you are required to do is to have a smart presentation to gain your desired score. Read here to know about important PTE Essay topics.
Skimming and Scanning
Give the whole passage a rough reading to get an idea of the content. Get to know what the passage is about and scan the passage for the phrases and keywords.
Keywords are really important so do take a note of them. Make notes of the words which are repeated so that you get a better understanding of the whole concept and what you are required to summarize or elaborate on.
Go Through the Passage/Prompt Twice
Read the entire passage at least twice to be thorough with the content of the passage. It so happens that the passage is really confusing and going through it once might not help you with the writing. Therefore, divide your work.
Give a rough reading initially and the second time understands more thoroughly while reading. Use clues to understand the unknown words but do not waste much time on such words. If there are multiple paragraphs, the first paragraph can be an introduction and last is the conclusion. Pay attention to these paragraphs as these give more idea of the passage as compared to the body written.
Plan it Out in a Creative Way
Don’t just start to begin writing and get the ball rolling, instead try to make a proper structure first and introduce the ideas that come to your mind. Also, try not to repeat the points in every sentence.
Introduce a new idea in each paragraph. Surely you can keep just 2-3 paragraphs but it should be such that it attracts a perfect score. Planning out your answers in this way will help you present your answer with clarity and also save you from having to stop and restart.
Use a Structured Format
As mentioned above, it is advised to divide the essay into a certain number of paragraphs. The first paragraph should be the Introduction, the second one should be having arguments for, which means in favor of the side you choose based on the topic.
The third paragraph having arguments against and the last one will be the conclusion. This way your ideas will be presented in a more clear way yielding perfect arks. Keep in mind the word limit given and try to incorporate the keywords. Keep in mind, a structured answer is always desirable!
Experiment with Vocabulary
It is really important to know the vocabulary that the PTE is looking for. You can improve your vocabulary by reading. Read newspaper articles, read novels, read autobiographies, read whatever you find interesting.
This will help you greatly while writing the answers because remember, average words are detected and it will lead to average scores. Therefore, experiment efficiently with your vocabulary to stand out.
Effective Time Management
It’s very important to manage time to be able to complete writing on time without missing on any points. You have roughly 10 minutes to summarize the written text and 20 minutes for writing the essay. Therefore, allocate your time to each section in such a way that you end up writing an effective answer. It is not a wise decision to immediately start writing as soon as you get the question.
It might seem like the more beneficial option but it might happen that you end up getting confused or writing a wrong answer. Therefore, you are advised to do a thorough reading and proper planning before writing, simultaneously keeping an eye on the time.
Proofreading is Mandatory
Proofreading is extremely essential. You might think that you have written the best answer ever but always remember, there are always mistakes left unnoticed in the agony of writing. therefore it is strongly recommended that you keep the last 5-10 minutes for reviewing your writing.
Read your piece of writing and check for any spelling errors and sentence formation mistakes. Also, you can come up with something better while re-reading.
Always remember, your grammar has to be more correct than any other thing. Putting forth a complex sentence might lead you to make grammar and punctuation mistakes. Therefore, in essays precisely, try to make sentences that are clear and logical; short and simple.
Work on your Weaknesses
Improve your writing with understanding your own strengths and weaknesses. This can only be possible when you do regular practice. A candidate who sincerely dedicates time for practice knows his area of weakness more works on it and thus emerges with good scores. Thus, concentrate on the areas you need to improve and make sure to do regular practice.
Besides this, strategize your time and preparation efficiently. There is no good in finishing the test early. Take your time give your best, revise and re-revise. Prepare effectively because the scoring is unbiased and you are responsible for your marks. Make use of the opportunity because here, you always have a chance to score the best! Read here to know about PTE vs. IELTS and which among the two should you choose.
What is included in the PTE Writing and Speaking Section?
The part 1 of the Pearson Test of English assesses you on your speaking and writing proficiency. The time given to this section is 77-93 minutes. The speaking section will test your proficiency in pronunciation and interpretation whereas in the writing section you will be tested on your ability to write responses in correct English with precise use of grammar. To emerge out efficiently, you will be required to understand every question in depth to ensure correct interpretation of the question raised.
Now, let us list down the constituents of Part 1-Speaking and Writing
- Personal Introduction
- Read Aloud
- Repeat Sentences
- Describe Image
- Re-tell Lecture
- Answer Short Question
- Summarize Written Text
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